Cricket World Cup: India beat Pakistan to reach final

India get past Pakistan into final

India booked a place against Sri Lanka in Saturday’s World Cup final after beating Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali.ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final, Mohali:India 260-9 (50 overs) bt Pakistan 231 by 29 runs (49.5 overs)

Virender Sehwag (38) hit nine fours and Sachin Tendulkar, reprieved by referral and dropped four times, looked set for his 100th international century.He was out for 85 from 115 balls as India compiled 260-9, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz with a career-best 5-46.

Mohammad Hafeez struck 43 and Misbah-ul-Haq made a defiant 56 but Pakistan were all out for 231 in the final over.

With tickets reportedly exchanging hands for many thousands of rupees, an estimated 28,000 packed into the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium and every possible vantage point outside the ground taken, a match of such magnitude between the fierce rivals deserved to be a classic encounter. Read more of this post

IPL player auctions on January 8, 9

The IPL player auctions for the 2011 season will be held on January 8 and 9

The IPL player auctions for the 2011 season will be held on January 8 and 9

The IPL player auction for the 2011 season will be held on January 8 and 9 in Mumbai, the league’s governing council has announced. The tournament itself will feature eight teams, playing 60 matches, and run from April 8 to May 22.

 

The tournament, which begins a week after the World Cup ends, will involve each of the eight sides playing playing 14 games, adding up to 56 matches, the same as in previous IPL editions. The top two from the league rounds will then contest a play-off match, with the winner qualifying for the “Grand Final.” The teams that finish third and fourth in the league stage will contest the other play-off, and the winner of that game will play the defeated team from the first play-off to decide the second finalist.

The auction is likely to be on the scale of the first one, held in 2008, with teams starting largely from scratch, and will be held under rules framed in September. One difference will be the absence of “icon” players – originally, five franchises had one player each named as its icon. The auction was initially to have been held this month but uncertainty over the composition of the tournament – with two franchises expelled and a third, Kochi, in limbo – forced a postponement. Read more of this post

Harbhajan Singh’s second successive century pushed India’s lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh's second successive century pushed India's lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh's second successive century pushed India's lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh not out 111 in 116 ball with 7 sixes & 7 fours.

 

What makes sportsmen go corrupt?

In the case of the Pakistanis accused of spot-fixing, the first responses pointed to their backgrounds - the culture of corruption, and poverty - but that doesn't explain everything

In the case of the Pakistanis accused of spot-fixing, the first responses pointed to their backgrounds - the culture of corruption, and poverty - but that doesn't explain everything

In the first week of January, as the last two days of the Ashes play themselves out and the South Africa versus India Test series comes to an end, Michael Beloff, English barrister and head of the ICC Code of Conduct commission, Justice Albie Sachs, a retired South African judge, and Sharad Rao, a leading Kenyan barrister, will find themselves in a room with Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir in Doha, Qatar, and begin to ask questions. Those questions will no doubt be factual, legal, contractual.

They certainly wouldn’t have been the very basic questions that flooded the minds of thousands who woke up one Sunday morning to see Mazhar Majeed and a stack of pound notes on their TV screens. Our questions were about guilt and innocence, reason and impulse. The ICC’s three-man tribunal’s findings may not answer them. Read more of this post

Zaheer, Harbhajan lead India’s charge

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in quick succession

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in quick succession

New Zealand 350 (Ryder 70, Zaheer 4-69, Harbhajan 4-76) v India
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out
Zaheer Khan led the charge with the second new ball, and Harbhajan Singh followed up with important wickets to give India the upper hand. New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 97, with their innings ending shortly after lunch. Jesse Ryder, struggling with the calf strain he carried from the first Test, added important runs through his positive batting, but a shrewd Zaheer caused enough damage from the other end to make it India’s day so far.

Ryder added 48 runs off 56 balls to his overnight 22, but India did well to dry up the runs elsewhere: the rest could manage only 25 while he was there. Struggling physically, Ryder couldn’t quite take charge with the lower order, and on occasion turned down sharp singles. With about 15 minutes to go to lunch, he got a beauty from Harbhajan, angling in from round the stumps, and turning away from middle and leg. The edge was lapped up by VVS Laxman at first slip, and New Zealand were reduced to 331 for 8 on a fairly good batting surface. Read more of this post

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